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    Quote Originally Posted by prae View Post
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    Wait- didnt you buy the element so you could keep the subaru nice and not winter drive it?
    I got an offer I couldn’t refuse, covid times and all that
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    Well, you win either way.
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    Looks great!

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    They’re the only thing saving what’s left of my side bolsters
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    Sounds like it's time for ep3 type r recaros!

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    That accessory trim is ultra rare. Element nerds pay big bucks for it

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    Looking good, all around.

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    Nice ride! Is the AWD on this great for dirt tracks or does it have locking 4WD?

    Don’t know much about this and looks nicer than a Cherokee

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    Slip to grip but there is a kit that allows you to adapt a land rover freelander viscous coupler so it acts more like a Subaru/wagovan. I’m just going to run the real-time this year as I don’t plan to take it in anything more than gravel roads for hiking/camping/etc
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    Got some hen’s teeth parts to help the ocd beyond crew enjoy the thread

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    $100 for the full set from an ab wrecker and I gave Jordan a line on some Oem side steps from the same element

    I’m hopefully going to meet with a family friend next week to learn about wrapping. Seats are on the radar but might be more of a spring thing.
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    Key saga finally sorted and working! Dash cam goes in this week.

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    Still need to repair the lower trim piece, still need to wrap it, and supply chain issues are making it a bitch to get OEM axles for a reasonable price. That said, worked like a champ for camping.
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    Great set up!
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    Agreed, like that a lot too. Now you've got me searching for an Element myself Finboy, just to see what's out there. I know it makes me a poser 4x4 driver, but I don't like driving our ZR2 into places where tree branches can scratch the crap out of it no matter what ppf/ceramic/etc is on it. I think for camping for the 2 of us +1 fur missile this vehicle is perfect for the couple/few places we've liked in the past near our folks.

    Not cheap though, wow, even for this car market, some of the prices seem wiggada wiggada wack. 20$k for a 13+ year old Element with nearly 300,000 km. Maybe someday in the future should pricing ever return to sanity - coin flip on that one IMO - this will be a more reasonable idea for me. If I was any good at working on cars myself, going for a "needs tlc" unit would make more sense too. I do like what I'm seeing with the Element for this purpose though, and I've never even sat in one, nor paid them any mind until this thread. Friend had a Toyota FJ in the late 2000s I borrowed a couple times, and I think it'd be a good option too, but it's more $, and a lot larger, and I like the Element smaller size for some of the spots we'd like to camp at again in the near future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gman.45 View Post
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    Agreed, like that a lot too. Now you've got me searching for an Element myself Finboy, just to see what's out there. I know it makes me a poser 4x4 driver, but I don't like driving our ZR2 into places where tree branches can scratch the crap out of it no matter what ppf/ceramic/etc is on it. I think for camping for the 2 of us +1 fur missile this vehicle is perfect for the couple/few places we've liked in the past near our folks.

    Not cheap though, wow, even for this car market, some of the prices seem wiggada wiggada wack. 20$k for a 13+ year old Element with nearly 300,000 km. Maybe someday in the future should pricing ever return to sanity - coin flip on that one IMO - this will be a more reasonable idea for me. If I was any good at working on cars myself, going for a "needs tlc" unit would make more sense too. I do like what I'm seeing with the Element for this purpose though, and I've never even sat in one, nor paid them any mind until this thread. Friend had a Toyota FJ in the late 2000s I borrowed a couple times, and I think it'd be a good option too, but it's more $, and a lot larger, and I like the Element smaller size for some of the spots we'd like to camp at again in the near future.
    Had a few elements and while they were perfect when we were 2 and a pup they sucked with newborns in the bucket getting out of the back seat or even really reaching to the back with them .

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    I also cross shopped the fj (way cooler, future classic), but the interior space is less usable and I don’t off-road. The price was also more than double (I paid $6k for my element), even a clapped out ‘07 fj 6 speed is 15k all day.

    There are a couple things that could help the element with a bit more light off-road duty, the gas tank is basically unprotected so a skid plate under it would be ideal. Also, the real-time awd system is slip to grip, so not ideal but upgradable in a pretty interesting way. A few guys adapted the viscous coupler from the land rover freelander and shortened the driveshaft to compensate for a more Subaru-like awd approach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gman.45 View Post
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    Agreed, like that a lot too. Now you've got me searching for an Element myself Finboy, just to see what's out there. I know it makes me a poser 4x4 driver, but I don't like driving our ZR2 into places where tree branches can scratch the crap out of it no matter what ppf/ceramic/etc is on it. I think for camping for the 2 of us +1 fur missile this vehicle is perfect for the couple/few places we've liked in the past near our folks.

    Not cheap though, wow, even for this car market, some of the prices seem wiggada wiggada wack. 20$k for a 13+ year old Element with nearly 300,000 km. Maybe someday in the future should pricing ever return to sanity - coin flip on that one IMO - this will be a more reasonable idea for me. If I was any good at working on cars myself, going for a "needs tlc" unit would make more sense too. I do like what I'm seeing with the Element for this purpose though, and I've never even sat in one, nor paid them any mind until this thread. Friend had a Toyota FJ in the late 2000s I borrowed a couple times, and I think it'd be a good option too, but it's more $, and a lot larger, and I like the Element smaller size for some of the spots we'd like to camp at again in the near future.
    There's a real nice SC model out in Kelowna right now for $21k, only 113k if I recall correctly. It's on autodrader. The one's in Calgary are mostly insanely priced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chantastic View Post
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    There's a real nice SC model out in Kelowna right now for $21k, only 113k if I recall correctly. It's on autodrader. The one's in Calgary are mostly insanely priced.
    Sadly the SC’s were only ever fwd
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    Quote Originally Posted by finboy View Post
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    Sadly the SC’s were only ever fwd
    Oh I didn't realize that! Bummer.

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